Paedophile Shane Williams has jail time increased for sexual assault of 3yo girl at library

By Elizabeth Byrne

Mon 18 Aug 2014, 7:23pm

A convicted child sex offender found guilty of attacking a three-year-old girl at a library will spend an extra three years behind bars, following a decision by the ACT Court of Appeal.

Shane Williams, 40, was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years’ jail, with a non-parole period of four-and-a-half years, in January.

He was convicted of assaulting a man at Ainslie Village in 2012 and for sexually assaulting the three-year-old girl.

The sexual assault happened in September 2013 when the girl wandered away from her mother at the library.

The child approached Williams and said a friendly “hello”. He encouraged her to sit with him, which was when the assault took place.

The child’s mother came looking for her and found Williams sitting crouched down with his arms around the child.

When he saw the girl’s mother Williams stood up, pulled up his pants and left the library.

He had been on his way to report to the child sex offenders’ register at the time of the offence.

Williams told police he was intoxicated after drinking wine and smoking cannabis earlier that day.

The ACT’s Director of Public Prosecutions told the court the sentence imposed was “manifestly inadequate”.

ACT Court of Appeal today agreed and said there was a “vital need for community protection”.

Williams’ sentence was revised up to nine-and-a-half years’ jail, with a non-parole period of seven-and-a-half years.

“This would appear to be at least the sixth episode of this nature. The offender has committed offences of this general type since he was a juvenile, for a period of more than 20 years,” justices Richard Refshauge, Hilary Penfold and John Gilmour said, in a joint decision.

The justices said that when examined, even set against the Williams’ “undeniably dysfunctional background, including in particular his own experience of childhood sexual abuse”, the sentence under appeal was manifestly inadequate.


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  1. There’s a start, at least there was an increase it should have been more but this is still better then nothing! I myself a vile act like that to a little girl deserves now less than 15 years to serve before ANY release, ok I know I’m dreaming but one day my dreams might come true! I just can’t stand these filthy paedophiles!!

  2. My previous comment should read ” DESERVES NO LESS THAN 15 YEARS”

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